Old Herbie (implied white supremacist sign) —New Herbie, were #1 finger sign
Herbie Husker was created by Lubbock, Texas, newspaper cartoonist Dick West for the cover of Nebraska’s 1974 media guide. He depicts a blonde-haired, blue-eyed farmer wearing blue overalls with an ear of corn in his pocket and a big red cowboy hat on his head.
(1-31-22) The University of Nebraska has decided to make a change to its mascot the Cornhusker. ‘Herbie Husker‘ is changing the “OK” gesture he was making with his left hand to one that insinuates they are “No. 1” to avoid comparisons to white supremacy.
The gesture, by some, in the past was viewed as a way to indicate that “all is well” but in the past several years many have seen it as a symbol of hate.
Some claim the three upheld finger resemble a “W” while the circle and forearm resemble a “P,” together standing for “White Power.”
Why the change….
“That hand gesture could, in some circles, represent something that does not represent what Nebraska athletics is about. We just didn’t even want to be associated with portraying anything that somebody might think … means white power.”